Gabrielle Nidus has been motivating students to excel as readers and writers and inspiring teachers to flourish as literacy leaders for over a decade in New York City and Chicago Public School and most recently is working in private schools in California. Her experience as a classroom teacher runs the gamut from early childhood education to high school. Gabrielle’s innovative lesson plans have been published by Scholastic and the Do Something Social Action Network. She has conducted numerous professional development workshops for educators across the country on improving student literacy at multiple levels. In her work as a computer integration consultant, she has enhanced classroom experiences with new technologies.

Gabrielle Nidus holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. In addition, she has a master’s degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Education, Communication, and Technology from New York University.

Maya Sadder brings years of experience from Chicago Public Schools working primarily with intermediate and upper-grade students. As a classroom teacher she has inspired her students to reach their greatest potential and consistently helped them achieve high levels of academic performance. She has written and received numerous grants to support the learning environment while a classroom teacher and has been the recipient of several awards including the Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award, North Lawndale Community Teaching Award and the award for Teaching Excellence in her district area. She was also selected to represent her school at Yale University through the Youth Guidance Comer School Network.  

As a literacy coach, she has helped lead a school wide literacy reform effort based on an organic balanced literacy framework at National Teachers Academy in Chicago Illinois. She has organized, created and delivered hundreds of hours of high-quality professional development and engaging workshops for teachers. Her literacy expertise and practice has enabled her to conduct professional development through the International Reading Association and other respected professional organizations across the United States and abroad. Maya Sadder holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational leadership and supervision. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

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